THE SDLP’s Mark H Durkan has welcomed confirmation from the Housing Executive (NIHE) that the roll out of their replacement window scheme for Derry’s Creggan area will take place later this year.
Said the Foyle MLA: “This will be welcome news for many Creggan NIHE tenants, many of whom contacted my office with concerns about the poor conditions of existing windows.
“The need for such a scheme has been glaringly apparent with many windows in these homes losing a great deal of heat and experiencing rot.
“This essential replacement scheme is a long time coming but I’m glad the Housing Executive have confirmed that it is coming.
“I have been advised that works will begin as early as Spring 2020 and that homes included in this initial roll-out will have already received consultation correspondence.
“Areas included in the Creggan window replacement scheme are as follows: Aranmore Avenue, Balbane Pass, Benevenagh Gardens, Circular Road, Creggan Heights, Cromore Gardens, High Park, Iniscarn Road, Inveroe Gardens, Linsfort Drive, Ramore Garden and Rinmore Drive.
“The Housing Executive are not in a position to provide exact dates for each as they are dependent on available finance.
“Providing effective, quality windows is crucial for keeping homes warm and critical for areas like Creggan where levels of fuel-poverty are high.”
Mr Durkan added: “I have been advised that the Rosemount area are also included in a window replacement scheme scheduled for 2021.
“I will be in contact with the Housing Executive going forward and will be able to advise tenants on further details closer to the time.”